Puck Junk Podcast: June 9, 2020

1989-90 Topps & O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards

Sal Barry and Tim Parish look back 30 years at the 1989-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee hockey card sets and reminisce about why those sets were awesome then — and still awesome today. Plus, they talk about the upcoming  “Virtual” Sport Card Expo happening June 19-20. Today’s episode is  90 minutes of pure hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Images and Links: 
Upper Deck Game Dated Moments for Week 35 (Upper Deck Blog)
2019-20 SP Authentic Checklist (Cardboard Connection)
Sport Card Expo Virtual Expo (website)
The first Puck Junk Podcast from May 12, 2015 (Puck Junk)
1989-90 Topps Review & Checklist (Puck Junk)
1989-90 O-Pee-Chee Checklist (Trading Card DB)
1989-90 O-Pee-Chee Tembec Test Prototype Cards (Puck Junk)
1991-92 Pro Set Niedermayer and Falloon Pro Set Cards (Puck Junk)
1999-2000 Century Legends Ken Dryden “not-a-card” card (Puck Junk)
1996-97 Donruss Elite Lindros & Lemieux uncirculated card (Puck Junk)
Tim’s “Opening Packs in Cars” Videos (YouTube)

Images of 1989-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards:

1989-90 Topps #156 – Wayne Gretzky

1989-90 Topps #1 – Mario Lemieux

1989-90 Topps #113 – Joe Sakic

1989-90 Topps #136 – Brian Leetch

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #235 – Larry Robinson

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #63 – Randy Cunneyworth

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #278 – Borje Salming

1989-90 Topps #189 – Guy Lafleur

1989-90 Topps #132 – Alain Chevrier

1989-90 Topps #74 – Doug Gilmour

1989-90 Topps #11 – Peter Sidorkiewdz

1989-90 Topps Hockey wrapper

Comparison of Tembec test issue and standard O-Pee-Chee card: 

Tembec card is in the middle; standard O-Pee-Chee card is on the right. 

The infamous Randy Cunneyworth error — is it real? 

Note that the text that reads “Pittsburgh Penguins” on the card front — that is the error. If you have this card, Sal will buy or trade you for it. 

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Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG
Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

2 thoughts on “Puck Junk Podcast: June 9, 2020”

  1. I was stunned when I first saw that sold Cunneyworth at COMC. I had always figured this card was apocryphal. We even had a thread devoted to our disbelief in it over at HobbyInsider at one point. No one had ever seen it. Amazing what turns up. Maybe one day, we’ll see a 1990-91 Pro Set Denis Savard without a trade stripe. But I wouldn’t bet on it. 🙂

    1. Mike, thank you for your comment. Until I have that Randy Cunneyworth card in my hands, I will still doubt its existence. I don’t know if COMC authenticates cards (I heard they do not) before they sell them, so maybe it was just a really good fake?

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